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Data Recovery From Dead Hard Drive


Are there any softwares to recover data from a dead hard drive. Please help me in this situation since, my hard drive is giving some noise for almost 10 seconds while booting and not even detecting.

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Recovery Of Hard Drive Data

I need help to retrieve the data from my western digital hard drive (40g). Last week my power supply burnt and damaged my mother board. So i tested with another existing system unit with my wd hard drive, it hang in the bios stage after the memory test finish. Cannot do anything. Is it the hard drive problem? May i know anyone can tell me how can i recover my data inside this bad hard drive? I need to recover my data since wd technical support only can give me a replacement of hard drive. I heard a lot of information about freezing the hard drive but i dont dare to do it cos i am afraid it will lead to totally un-recovery stage. I have a lot of useful information and some financial excel format that is shared with my roommate.

Posted On: October 10th 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 13 Replies .

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My fathers computer's hardrive died last night (atleast, i think so) the computer will just start up and once it gets to the windows loading screen, will just restart, i tried to put the hardrive in my computer and access it to get his files, but when i try it just sais that it's corrupted. I know there have been ways to recover data even when the hardrive has died / corrupted, is it possible i could do this?

Posted On: 09-05-2008, 03:29 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Data Recovery Of A Hard Drive Partition In Two

My drive is partition into 2. A drive c for my xp systems and a d for files. Windows xp doesnt work anymore on the c drive partition and all it does is just keep on going to the windows screen and then restart and will not get pass it. I have installed a second sata drive in my pc and installed xp on it. Now when i connect both drives in my pc including the faulty one, it just does the same thing again with the restarts looping and will not load the working xp thats loaded onto my other sata drive. Is that because they both have the c drive letter on both of them and the xp operating systems?

Is there any way of telling the pc to load the second sata drive with the working xp and disregard the faulty one with a c drive letter partition. All i want is for the pc to see the faulty drive as just another drive with files in there and an xp operating system in there. I am thinking of just getting a usb sata external case tomorrow and put the faulty sata drive in there and connect it to my pc hoping it will not recognise the c drive letter and operating system in there and just copy the files from it.


Posted On: July 15th, 2007, 11:21 AM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Hard Drive Problem - Data Recovery

I got a harddrive here that's running windows 98 and while you try and boot in it's just fatal error after fatal error. . Vxd's .dlls, mass blue screens and just ends in a freeze up eventually. I'd give the names of the files thats giving errors but it's literally different ones every time. I tried to get into the os from safe mode and it returned a himem.sys error. I figured the ram might be bad but it's good so i copied himem.sys from the 98 cd into windows directory in dos, but still getting the same error. I'm at a loss for what to do now and suppose the only thing i can do is try and recover the data and wipe the harddrive. I was wondering if perhaps i could connect the harddrive to my windows xp machine and salvage the data through there or if anyone has tips on how i could go about this i'd be most thankful.

Posted On: February 2nd, 2004, 02:04 PM . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

New Installation Hard Drive Data Recovery

Here's the situation:

1. Had a pc with a motherboard that crashed. 2. Pc had 400 gig hard drive of which 380 gigs of data was used leaving 20 gigs remaining. 3. Replaced the motherboard and installed a new windows partition in the remaining 20 gigs of data. 4. Windows runs and everything works fine. However:

1. Old partition 'c:' says it's corrupted. New partition 'e:' says it has around 400 gigs free. 2. Even though 'c:' should contain 380 gigs of data and 'e:' should only contain the remaining 20 gigs. How do i recover my data?


Posted On: May 4th 2007 . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

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I've done it multiple times in the past, but this time i fear the drive itself may be damaged. My laptop just died and i used a sata-to-usb converter to connected the pulled hard drive to an old power mac g4. It shows up in disk utility but doesn't mount. Any help is appreciated, as i foolishly don't have a backup. All i want to is to mount the drive one last time in order to perform a feel backup.

Posted On: 2009-08-02 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I have a big problem. I accidentally formatted and reinstalled windows vista on my wife's laptop and lost all of her data. I was able to get the most important data back (55gb), using getdataback, however, when i go to open any of the files, they are all corrupt. Is there any program i can use to fix these files?

Posted On: 10-07-2009, 01:30 AM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Flash Drive Data Recovery

I have a flash drive that is no longer recognized by windows, nor does the led come on. I'm guessing it is physically shot, its pretty old, its not recognized in the bios either. There are files on it i would very much like to get back, does anyone have any good experience with data recovery labs they can recommend and about how much is cost? Its only a 512mb memorex memory stick.

Posted On: 10-26-2009, 06:15 PM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Broken Drive Caused By Data Recovery Software

I accidentally formatted a drive recently and used file scavenger to get the data back, copying everything it found onto another drive plugged into a dock. After rebooting or hotplugging the drive back into the dock it makes my computer freeze up. On reboots windows xp just hangs after the splash screen. I'm assuming i copied boot sector files or something on to the drive that i shouldn't have. Everything is accessible on the drive when i plug it into my laptop running os x, but as soon as any windows install sees the disc it either freezes up or bluescreens. Is there any way to delete the offending files and fix the disc? The only system files i see in os x is a folder "system volume information", none of the $ type files i saw when first scanning with file scavenger.

Posted On: 10-22-2009, 05:10 PM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Dead Hard Drive

I restarted my pc the other day. When i started it back up, it said "insert system disk". So naturally i took the case off, and looked at the hard drives. I have two hard drives, my primary, os hard drive and my storage drive. My primary drive won't take power. It's not the power cable, i plugged the storage drive in and it worked fine on the same cable. The hard dive doesn't spin, at all. Any ideas, or am i at a total lost without sending it to a dc?

Posted On: October 15th, 2005, 11:10 PM . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

My Hard Drive Is Dead

Yesterday a thunder (or lightning whatever) burned out one of my computers, that pc wasn't special in any way but the hard drive contains important stuff. I've tried to mount it in another pc but it just doesn't boot, seems like it is damaged, how can i recover my info?

Posted On: August 11th, 2005, 02:06 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Is My Hard Drive Dead ?

I have an 80g sata that i have been using as my os drive for a long time now. I got it when sata drives were first becoming popular. I had xp on it, but last night i partitioned it in half with partition magic and put windows 7 32bit pro on the other half. I left my computer on all night. I got up this morning to no image on my screen. Eventually i manually rebooted and now my computer won't boot up. No image or anything, and i can't hear the hard drive making noise. Did my hard drive die on me? Is there any way i can test it without having a secondary computer to test it in? All i have other than my desktop is my wife's laptop.

Posted On: 10-24-2009, 09:31 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Hard Drive Recovery Possible ?

My seagate 1. 5tb 7200. 11 seems to have died quickly, and before i realized what was going on the drive is only detected in the bios, and trying to access anything just gives me io errors. Is there anything else i could try? I have it backed up with the exception of 10gb or so of new data that wasn't caught by the nightly backup. I suppose the only other method would be to replace the controller. I did try the freezer trick for about 8 hours but it didn't seem to help.

Posted On: 03-08-2010, 10:33 AM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Revive A Dead Hard Drive

For about two weeks i was starting the computer and as it ran startup for winxp pro it would crash to a blue screen with errors of a kernal_fault and stated it would dump ram to the hdd, which it never did. After a few restarts the computer was up and running again. Then one day the damn thing just didn't start. It kept rebooting itself over and over again. So i played around with it a little and checked all the cables and power, etc. Then all *** broke loose. I started my computer and while detecting ide drives the computer froze. I restarted many times and it always hung when trying to detect the drive. So, while it was hung i did a little experiment. I unplugged the power to that hdd that was the problem. Bam! It continues on until it realized there was no hdd. I tried this a few times and the same thing happened. So, i thought maybe if i could get another older hdd to load xp then plug in the disk, i might be able to detect the drive and correct errors or something? Anyway, cutting to the chase, 2/3 the way through an xp installation on a very old 6gig hdd the computer crashed to the blue screen with the same sort of message. I tried another installation of xp and the same happened. I am lost now, i have no idea what to do. I am not sure if both hdds are shot or if my memory is corrupt and my main hdd is shot.

Posted On: November 13th, 2005, 11:21 AM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Data Recovery - Vista

My ibm ideapad woke up with "missing/corrupt bootmgr". Not good i know, but anyways i was just gonna back up my data and give it a fresh install and everything would be better. Right. No that would be too much to ask from ms. My normal means of data backup in this situation would be to just plug hdd into another computer and copy it off. However when i plug in the drive all the data seems to be hidden. From what i figure probably a vista security. How do i get the data off? The hdd with the data was vista and i'm using an xp desktop to get the data. I see the hdd fine. Just can't access the data. Does anyone know how?

I tried using a data recovery.couldn't think of anything better. Again i can see the data just don't have permission to access it.


Posted On: 11-15-2008, 09:33 PM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Data Recovery Programs / Options

Basically i rent a dedicated server from a data center and my cheap self never got the weekly/daily backup plan and one of the hard drives may have gone bad/corrupted. So they are going to load a new primary and set the old primary as a secondary to see if i can possibly recover any of the data. The server is running centos5; are there any remote type data recovery programs that can be used in a case like this? I was also told that if that fails to work out, they'll send me the physical hard drive and i can do data recovery that way. I have never done any kind of data recovery on a hard drive before, so what am i getting into? Can i not send the hard drive to some place that will recover the data for me, put it on another hard drive/dvds/other media and send the information back to me?

If this were you, what would you do?


Posted On: 03-21-2009, 03:22 AM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Hard Drive Died - File Recovery

I am running win 7 and 1 of my drives isn't working right. I have 2. 1 [ sata ]120 gig has win 7 on it, the other 120 gig [ide] for storage is not working. I have to boot with it unplugged or the win 7 tries to check it and after about 20 minutes will finally boot in to the desktop. I can see the drive in my computer but not extract any files from it , computer hangs trying to read it. What software do i us?. Ive tried partition wizard and can see all my files but it wont fix anything. , Seems it wont read in windows. I will try to put it on a xp box tomorrow.

Posted On: 12-13-2009, 01:54 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Swap Electronic Boards From Dead Hard Drive

Okay, my friend has an ide 3. 5" western digital wd caviar 205aa 20. 5gb harddrive. Other info on the hard drive is: mfg date 5/19/2000, lba 40079088, model wd205aa-00ana0. She said the computer stopped working after several rounds of electrical surges due to an ice storm this past winter. So i pulled the hard drive, put in another one that i had and it powered up just fine inside the tower. I also have an external ide to usb cable with external power that i've used several times to power hard drives outside the box to move data to another pc by usb (so it works), but on her hdd still no power. I know there are professional services that could recover the data (she really wants/needs the data, but she's not willing to pay what they're asking - one quote was $700). I really think the electronic board on the hdd is probably what is dead. So my question is this. If i found another identical hdd could i possibly pull the electronic board off it and place it on the defective hdd? Anyone ever done this? I've heard of this, but i'm struggling to find any documentation on it. Also, i've heard that the hdd's have to be identical for the electronic boards to match and if that's so, does anyone know what determines "identical"? Is it the model #? I'm asking obviously because i don't have one that's identical laying around, but there's a good chance that i could find one on ebay. A 20gb ide hard drive probably doesn't cost that much so she's willing to give it a try for $20 bucks or so. P. S. I had already froze the hdd in the freezer to see if that would unstick it assuming that it might be stuck and that didn't help either (not sure where i picked up that trick, but it's worked twice for me over the years - this time it didn't help).

Posted On: April 10th 2008 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Data Recovery Attempt Using Test Disk

I am attempting to restore lost data from an 80gb hard drive. Since i don't really want to deal with the lost data right now, i'd rather just image the drive and store it on my 350gb hard drive. I used the dd command to duplicate the drive to 80gb. Iso. Strangely, i get different results between the drives when using testdisk. On the physical drive, testdisk finds several lost partitions. On 80gb. Iso it only finds a few. What explains the difference between these results? I am worried that the image of the hard drive won't be as good as the original.

Posted On: May 7th, 2007, 05:26 PM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Ide To Usb 2.0 Cable For Data Recovery

I've encountered quite the problem. I have an old ide drive that i need to get data off of, so i hooked it up to one of those ide to usb 2. 0 adapters. I've connected all the hardware, windows 7 recognizes that there is something new plugged in and installs a generic usb storage device driver. The drive even shows up in the disk manager. The problem appears when i try to initialize the disk - when i attempt to do so, i receive an error message that says that the device is not ready. At first i thought it might be a jumper setting - the drive was originally set to cable select. I removed the jumper so it would then be set to slave. But this didn't work. I also tried unplugging the drive, uninstalling the generic usb driver, restarting, and plugging the drive back in. But that didn't work either. So. Thoughts?

System specs:

Win 7 ultimate x64
Intel dp55wb
Core i5 750


Posted On: 01-09-2010, 12:53 AM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Hard Drive Recovery Process With Mechanical Failures

Unfortunately, i have to recover data and my backup hard drive is failing. It's a mechanical failure - lots of clicks and some high-pitched squeals. Looked into hard drive recovery options and it seems like they all want to charge me hundreds or thousands of dollars. Does anybody know of a reasonably reliable hard drive recovery process that can deal with mechanical failures but at a reasonable price?

Posted On: April 12th, 2008, 04:55 AM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Dvd Rom Drive, Flash Hard Drive Slowing Data Transfer Speed

Issue a: when i put a cd/dvd into my dvd, the system (my computer/properties) recognizes the hardware, but it will not play. (Drive letter "d". )

Issue b: my computer will not recognize my data (flash?) Cards from my digital camcorder/camera. Issue c: my computer's hard drive (drive letter "c") once accepted my firewire uplink (1333). Now, my nle (pinnacle studio 9 plus) give the error message "drive c is not capable of capturing dv data", meaning it's date transfer rate is too slow. How can i fix these issues? Do i have to buy a new hard drive?


Posted On: 01-25-2007, 07:44 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Transferring Data From Old Hard Drive To New Hard Drive

I have a dell dimension 2400, and according to the dell disk monitoring system, the drive 0 on the primary ide channel is operating outside of normal specifications, and it advises me to back up my data and get a new hard drive. I currently have a maxtor diamondmax plus 8 (6e040l0) which is the failing one. I plan on getting a hitachi deskstar p7k500 250gb ide hard drive. However i don't really know how to transfer all my data and my system files including my windows xp system files to the new hard drive. I've burnt my whole hard drive on to dvd's (about 24gb -> 6 dvd's). However i've also heard of disk imaging, although i don't really know much. If i install my new hard drive, and turn the computer on, how far will the computer boot?, Since there is no system and os files on the new hard drive. Will the opening dell page load, and will i be able to get into setup?

And if the computer won't boot far enough for me to get into the user accounts, how do i transfer my dvd data and system files to the new hard drive?

Then there's disk imaging. If i create a disk image of my entire hard drive, where do i store it, and will it be as big as all my files i.e. 24gb, and is the only way of storing it on a external hard drive?

Finally i was wondering how am i supposed to restore the files in my disk image if my computer won't boot far enough for me to actually do anything. I'm sooooo sorry that i've asked a zillion questions, but i really have to know before i make the purchase.


Posted On: June 6th 2009 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Delete Data From Hard Drive

I have to rma a drive back to western digital. It is still functional so i would like to wipe the thing clean of data first. What do you guys recommend for doing such a thing? I would prefer a windows based solution. I would hook the drive up to a working pc as a second drive and go from there. I don't really want to make a boot disk and go that route. Any suggestions?

Posted On: 07-28-2009, 02:45 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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I need a get an external hard drive, one that most preferably plugs into the usb port to backup some important stuff primarely my database information from my website. I dont know alot about external hard drives, is there a brand thats known to be good and will last? Or more importantly a brand that sells cheapo external hard drives (to stay away from).

Posted On: September 2nd, 2006, 07:11 PM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Ok, i know my question could have a thousand possible answers (searching the forums, it appears so), but iím really stumped here. My hard drive keeps getting "data corruption errors" where it has "one or more unrecoverable problems" according to chkdsk /r. I donít know why my wd 160gb 1600js sata hard drive gets this problem. I am unable to properly boot into windows, and if i am able, programs open really slowly. Any ideas what could be the problem? It happened a few weeks ago, and i reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled everything (with the help of another hard drive with windows on it). Now, it happened again. The data corrupt issues started when i bought the ocz stealth xstream psu to replace a high-pitch whine antec psu. But according to the bios, the rail readings appear to be ok and nothing is overclocked, its just an office-use machine. One more thing, i didnít install the nvidia ide drivers (i still remember the horrors from when i had the nf2).

Posted On: 07-16-2007, 12:23 AM . View Related Posts . . View 24 Replies .

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Ive done something really stupid. I took out my mates lappy hdd which i wanted to install windows on for him. I plugged it in my laptops usb to hdd adapter which read the hdd as a removable disk. I enters windows setup by bootup on the laptop and found two hdds. I then accidentally formatted my laptops hdd instead of my friends. The hdd has all my dads programming work and accounts on. I haven't seen him ye so im keeping it hidden for a while. I really need to know if its possible to recover the hdd from the windows format!

Posted On: October 5th 2006 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

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I recently purchased a new ps3 and would like to transfer some audio and video files to it from my external hard drive. I ran into a problem, however, in that my hard drive is formatted in ntfs and the ps3 can only read fat32. I have about 260 of 300 gb filled, and not enough space on my pc to hold the files while i reformat my external. Is there any simple way for me to somehow format the hard drive in fat32 and still be able to restore all the data that's on it afterward?

Ive considered using mozy to temporarily and cheaply store my files on-line while i reformat, but worry both about reliability and the time it would take to backup and restore such a large amount of data. While doing research i've read recommendations for the use of programs like partition magic in similar situations, but i have no knowledge regarding such things and don't know if i'd be able to shrink the partition enough for it to fit in the small amount of free space that is available. Would my best bet be to try to temporarily get my hands on another external hard drive to hold all of the data while i reformat?


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